Freedom Elementary School News
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Have a fun Summer! See you in August!
Aug 5 - 11 am - 7 pm Registration
Aug 6 - 8 am - 4 pm Registration
Aug 22 - 4-6 pm Back to School Night
Aug 27 - First Day of School Graders 1-5
Aug 27 & 28 - Kindergarten Assessments
Aug 29 - First Day of School Kindergarten
*All students need to be registered at their home school in August
Summer School for Freedom Students
Freedom students that qualify based on reading criteria will be attending regular education summer school in June at our sister school Brooks Harbor Elementary - located at 801 22nd Ave W, West Fargo. Students have all been selected and families notified.
Summer School runs from June 3-27 on Monday through Thursdays from 8:00am-12:00pm for students. If you have questions about summer school, please call Brooks Harbor 701-356-8310 to speak with Denyse Kuhn.
Summer registration will be available beginning July 1 by appointment only at the district office. Please call 701-356-2000 to set up an appointment to complete the registration process.
Summer Note from Dr. Johnson
Have a great summer!
Wow, another successful school year has come to an end. I would like to thank all the wonderful Freedom students, staff and parents for a great school year. We were very busy this year focusing on challenging reading material, piloting new math curriculum, and focusing on writing skills. Students worked on technology projects they posted to their Seesaw accounts and science projects through the engineering design process. Our students also focused on community involvement with the numerous outreach projects to help with Sandford Children’s Hospital, Landon’s Light, cancer research, Jump Rope for Heart, and volunteering where needed to help in the neighborhoods. We are so proud of our Freedom Flyers and what they have done this year. We know that they will continue to fly high in all they do!
We also had an outstanding year being recognized as a school community for the National Blue Ribbon Award earning high praise from the United States Secretary of Education, North Dakota State Superintendent and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. By working together as a team, our staff, students and parents have shown how Freedom Elementary meets the challenges of an ever-changing 21st Century Education with pride, hard work, and determination. Go Flyers!
We want to also recognize our 5th graders and wish them well as they move on to middle school. They have set a wonderful example for our younger students and we will miss them. We know that they will take with them their Flyer Pride and stand strong as middle schoolers prepared for the next chapter in their lives. We look forward to hearing all about the great things they will do in the future.
As we embark on preparing for the 2019-2020 school year, we also have changes at Freedom with staff moving around. We want to thank Mr. Schneck, our dean of students, for all he has done this year. He will be moving to Berger Elementary to take on the assistant principal position and we will miss him and wish him well as he moves to the administration ranks. We know he will do fantastic and he wants to thank the staff, students and parents for all the help he received at Freedom this year. We are currently hiring a new dean of students and will have that position in place by the time the new school year begins. We also qualified through state funding to move to School Wide Title next school year. This means that our free and reduced numbers were equal to the district numbers and qualified us to receive extra funding from the Department of Public Education to increase our reading department with another reading teacher and allow us to add more resources to help our students. With our boundary changes and demographic changes over the past 5-years, we have worked hard as a staff to keep up on what our students need for programming help and extra reading support is vital and necessary to provide more 21st Century Learning Skills for our Freedom Flyers. We are also expecting our student enrollment numbers to increase due to the building growth in our boundary area, so we are gearing up to welcome more students and our staff is preparing to move around to adjust to grade level needs depending on numbers.
We also look forward to the completed construction of our new art and GATE rooms that will be completed by the time school starts in August. Construction begins May 30 and will continue until school begins. These new rooms will be added on the east side of our building on the playground side. This extra space will help us have permanent rooms for art and GATE classes and we thank our community for supporting the bond vote.
Thank you for a fantastic school year! On behalf of the staff at Freedom, I hope you have a wonderful summer filled with relaxation and time spent with family. We hope our students will take time to visit the public library to enjoy reading some books or get on Dreambox to practice some math facts over the summer. Most importantly, we hope our students will get outside and stay healthy playing with friends and enjoying those nice summer days. See you for the 2019-2020 school year!
Dr. Johnson, Principal (wearing the hat)
Mr. Schneck, Dean (the one with more hair on his head!)
To print out click Summer Note from Dr. Johnson
Important Information About Medication!
If your has a medication in the school office. Please pick the medication up by Thursday, June 6th. Any medication not picked up by that time will be discarded. Medications will NOT be sent home with the student.
If your child is attending summer school at another location and will be needing the medication during summer school, parents/guardians are required to bring the medication to that location themselves.
If you have questions, please contact your school nurse.
Have a great summer!
Nytrisha Jacobson RN, BSN
West Fargo Public Schools
Summer Construction News
The summer is slowly approaching and this means construction season! This summer, Freedom will be having construction on our east end of the building by our playground door. The district, through the latest bond referendum approved by our community, will be working with construction companies to add on to Freedom a permanent art and GATE room. This space is highly needed to bring us in par with other buildings in the district. This will assist us in no longer having to worry year to year about art on a cart or having to move GATE room around due to classroom needs. By having dedicated space, these programs will have a permanent home. We are fortunate to have a wonderful community that approved the latest bond vote and can’t thank our community enough. This construction will take place immediately in June after school is out for the summer. The construction will take place on our blacktop outside door #5. This exit will not be available during the summer and the area will be fenced off due to construction equipment. Our playground sits on the Park District Property, so that will still be available, but we ask that children riding bikes in the area on the Park District bike path take extra precaution to look for the construction equipment and fencing and stay away from the school area. This constr
uction will be completed by the time school starts for the 2019-2020 school year. Freedom summer YMCA will still be housed at Freedom but will need to use alternative exits to get to the playground and areas will be marked for safety. Most of the construction will be outside of the building, except for when they need to hook up plumbing and pipes to existing areas within the building. We will have a busy summer and look forward to this addition to Freedom!
Dr. Johnson, Principal
Changes at Freedom Elementary 2019 School Year
We want to congratulate Mrs. Ericka Urness as our new Dean of Students at Freedom Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year! This year she worked as a special education teacher who helped set up our specialized comprehensive learning classroom that assisted students with medical and learning needs find success in school. This was a brand-new program in our school district and the hard work and dedication that Mrs. Urness put forth to get this program up and running was tremendous. Mrs. Urness has a passion to help all students find success in all they do and utilize their strengths to help one another. She is very excited to start her new position and work with our outstanding students, staff and families in her new position. She takes over for Mr. David Schneck who had a great opportunity to move into an Assistant Principal position at L.E. Berger Elementary. Please stop in to say hello to Mrs. Urness when you see her at Back to School Night in August and congratulate her on her new position!
Freedom Elementary School qualified to move to School Wide Title for the 2019-2020 school year. Due to demographic and enrollment changes, we qualify for funding to enhance our reading program. Due to this, we are able to hire an additional reading teacher to work with our Freedom students. We would like to announce that Mrs. Allison Mahar will be moving from her first grade position to our Title Reading Department and helping us with our reading programming. Mrs. Mahar has a passion for reading and her background serving on numerous district curriculum committees and mentoring teachers on reading and writing will be highly valuable as we move to School Wide Title and look at new ways to enhance our reading program. Please congratulate her when you see her at Back to School Night in August!
We want to welcome Mrs. Elisabeth Krieg as a new kindergarten teacher at Freedom for the 2019-2020 school year. With enrollment changes and sections increasing in certain areas, Mrs. Krieg is joining our kindergarten team. She is very excited to join our staff and Freedom family and can’t wait to get into her room and meet all her students! When you see her at Back to School Night, please welcome her to the Freedom Family!
At Freedom, we are fortunate to work with Mrs. Erin Petersen who is our instructional coach. Mrs. Petersen mentors teachers, models lessons in the classroom to train teachers on new material, assists by mentoring students, and helps oversee many leadership projects and committees. We normally share Mrs. Petersen part-time with another school, but starting with the 2019-2020 school year, Mrs. Petersen will be with Freedom full-time every day and we are excited to have her talents assist us daily. Congratulations Mrs. Petersen!
We want to welcome Bridget Orner as our new AmeriCorps Reading Tutor for the 2019-2020 school year. Mrs. Orner will be working with our reading department and instructional coach to help students on reading skills. She will be going through AmeriCorps training in August and will be ready to begin her duties in September. This additional support will help us work with students that need additional help on specific reading skills. Please help us welcome Mrs. Orner to the Freedom Family!
We want to welcome Lori Ford as a new special education paraprofessional who will start her duties during the 2019-2020 school year. Mrs. Ford comes to us with many years’ experience working as a special education paraprofessional in the Grand Forks area and she is excited to begin her new duties at Freedom and work with our students. Please help us welcome her to the Freedom Family!
Due to enrollment shifts in grade levels and anticipation of student growth at registration in August for the 2019-2020 school year, we have worked to shift staff around to prepare for these changes. More changes may be needed and made after August registration once we find out our enrollment numbers. We want to thank Mrs. Jen Wolden and Miss Julie Greening for moving to first grade, and Miss Tabitha Strommen for moving to fifth grade. Each year we adjust with our current numbers as students move to the next grade level and slide teachers to meet the demands and also anticipate the growth we will experience. Thank you to these staff members for assisting us and helping our students!
Dr. Jeff Johnson, Principal
Parents and Guardians,
If you move from the Freedom Area during this school year or over the summer and wish to remain at Freedom, here is what to do at Registration time. In August, go to the school associated with your address also called your Home School and register. Explain to the staff that you are interested in filling out an In District Transfer form so you can apply to have your student go to Freedom Elementary. Fill out the form and turn into your Home School. After Registration is complete, the principals and superintendant meet to discuss enrollment numbers and if In District Transfers can be approved. Once all of the decisions are made, the schools will call parents and guardians to inform. There are no guarantees given prior to the decisions made after Registration. If you are granted an In District Transfer than you are responsible for all transporation to and from the school. No district transportation is allowed for In District transferred students.
Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year is held on Monday, August 5 from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm and Tuesday, August 6 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
We look forward to seeing everyone next school year!
The Staff of Freedom Elementary
YMCA Early Childhood Development Program
4-Year-Old Preschool & Child Care Program
Join the Y’s new year-round Early Childhood Development Program that will meet your child’s school readiness needs and the family’s full-day child care needs. This is a scholarship-based program, available to all four-year-olds residing in the West Fargo School District.
Rates are based on a sliding fee scale, determined by household size/income.
Children must turn 4 years old prior to August 1, 2019
YMCA Early Childhood
330 3rd Ave E, West Fargo
Hours: 6:30am - 6:00 pm
Questions? Contact Ann: 701.499.3041 | email@example.com
School-Based Sealant Program
Seal! ND School-Based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program
In 2012, The North Dakota Department of Health, Oral Health Program (OHP) implemented the Seal! ND School-based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program. Public health dental hygienists visit schools two times a year (fall and spring) and provide direct preventive services, under standing orders of a dentist which include: oral health education, a screening, dental sealant and fluoride varnish application. A parent/guardian signed consent form is required to participate in the Seal! ND fluoride varnish and dental sealant program.
Services are provided to schools that are recognized as being in need by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Students attending pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (depending upon the school) with parent/guardian consent are eligible to receive the free oral health services. A goody bag consisting of a result sheet (what the child had done), toothbrush, toothpaste and floss will be provided to each child that is seen. In the West Fargo area, Maple Family Dental will be providing the services. Watch for more information to come!
District News & Updates
First Day of School
The first day of school for grades 1 - 12 will be Tuesday, August 27. The first day of kindergarten will be Thursday, August 29.